Lafayette, LA – (RealEstateRama) — Dr. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) joined the Louisiana congressional delegation in sending a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro urging immediate distribution of recently appropriated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help Louisiana flood recovery efforts.
Boustany said: “Congress appropriated half a billion dollars to the CDBG in September for disaster relief aid. Almost a week later, HUD has yet to allocate any of this money to the families in need. It is crucial these funds are disbursed quickly, ensuring that Louisiana families and communities start recovering, rebuilding and prospering again.”
On October 5th, the Louisiana congressional delegation sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Castro advocating for the immediate allocation of recently appropriated CDBG funds. Recent flooding in Louisiana has registered as the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy and the fourth most costly natural disaster in over a decade. Ninety percent of those affected in Louisiana did not have flood insurance policies, many of whom were not required to, and will rely heavily on CBDG funds to begin rebuilding.
The text of the letter is copied below.
Dear Secretary Castro:
We urge you to act swiftly to expedite and disburse the recently appropriated Community Development Block Grant funding to help with flooding disasters, the vast majority of which is clearly meant to help flood victims in Louisiana. As you are aware, the Red Cross has stated that the flooding in South Louisiana this past August was the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy, and FEMA has also said it will end up being the fourth most expensive natural disaster in the last twelve years.
The recently passed continuing resolution clearly states that these funds should go to disasters that “occurred prior to the date of enactment of this Act.” Louisiana families who were devastated by this storm, many of whom did not have flood insurance policies through no fault of their own, should not have to wait for any sort of bureaucratic entanglement to receive money meant for their recovery.
It was a pleasure having you visit Louisiana to tour the floods on August 26. At that time, you stated, “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we hit our mark at HUD and that folks are able to get back into their homes as soon as possible.” We’re certainly grateful for your commitment to Louisiana, and in order for your agency to uphold your assurances, these CDBG dollars must be quickly and accurately disbursed. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter and for your commitment to the families and communities suffering in Louisiana.